The Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) was founded more than 30 years ago to offer educational adventures at-sea for youth from under-resourced communities, with a focus on character-building and skill-building opportunities through sail training. We continue to provide this – and more – as we sail into our third decade on the water!


Our TopSail Youth and TopSail STEM Programs continue to win awards and accolades from the education community, government leaders, and the maritime industry for our approach to leadership training, experiential education, and our ability to inspire youth to pursue careers in STEM-related subjects and maritime trades.


Our purpose-built vessels – the twin brigantines, Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson – and their young crews were proclaimed the “Official Tall Ships and Maritime Ambassadors of the City of Los Angeles” by the Mayor and City Council of Los Angeles at their launch in 2002. Our three-masted schooner, American Pride, was named the “Official Tall Ship of the City of Long Beach” before we acquired her in 2018.


You may be an educator looking to engage your class through our Virtual Voyage digital classes. You may be thinking to book a day sail for a field trip, to celebrate a special occasion, or create a leadership experience for your team or conference attendees. Our range of sailing and dockside options are what we’re known for – and help us continue to provide educational programs to local youth.

Welcome to the Los Angeles Maritime Institute!

Taking the helm
The twin brigantines and American Pride
Climbing the rig

About Us

The Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that uses hands-on experiences at sea to provide an array of social, educational and leadership development opportunities to upper elementary, middle and high school students throughout Los Angeles County. Our TopSail Youth Program is offered year-round aboard the tall ships Irving Johnson and Exy Johnson, 110-foot traditionally rigged vessels named after sail training pioneers who sailed around the world seven times with young crews, and American Pride, a majestic 130-foot, three-masted schooner with a rich sailing history.

We offer:

  • Day programs and multi-day voyages
  • Leadership development and problem-solving
  • Hands-on STEM learning
  • Maritime skill-building
  • Sea-time certification
  • Boat building
  • Private charters
  • Community sails
  • Sea Scouts/Youth Crew
  • Volunteer opportunities


The Los Angeles Maritime Institute (LAMI) serves to empower youth to discover their greater potential through extraordinary at-sea experiences aboard educational sailing vessels built to train and equip young people with 21st-century leadership skills, and inspire maritime and STEM career paths.


We envision a thriving community where every young person can look to the future with confidence and navigate successfully and responsibly in life.


Private charters for special events, team building, film shoots and more!



Sharing Summer Camp Experiences and a Special Discount

We asked former camper and current deckhand Ella Momeny – who we featured in our 32nd anniversary campaign – to share about her Summer Camp experience. In this video, she talks about the nervousness she felt going into her first week away at Summer Camp, and how that quickly dissipated when she met her new friends and crew mates.


August Sunset Sail

See the San Pedro Harbor from a different perspective as you enjoy the sunset from the deck of a tall ship! Sunday, August 25, 6:00 – 8:30 pm. Adults: $60, Children (12 & under): $30

September Sunset Sail

Make it a date night or a night of family fun as you enjoy the sunset from the deck of a tall ship! Saturday, September 21, 5:30 – 8:00 pm. Adults: $60, Children (12 & under): $30